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Men's soccer puts on scoring clinic

by Panagiotis Argitis - Managing Editor
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 10:40 pm
Sophomore midfielder, Matheus Oliveira threw an opposing player to the side after battling for the ball at midfield. Brockport looks forward to playing its first home game of the season Wednesday night.
Sophomore midfielder, Matheus Oliveira threw an opposing player to the side after battling for the ball at midfield. Brockport looks forward to playing its first home game of the season Wednesday night.
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The College at Brockport men’s soccer team opened up its new season with a win and an overtime loss last weekend, but managed to bounce back from said loss with two wins, for a combined score of 11 to 3. 

The start to the 2018 season has been a learning process for the team, during which the returning players and the new additions have been trying to fuse for a collective effort to improve on the play from the past campaign. Up until now, improvement on all sides of the pitch has been evident, and shows no signs of slowing down. 

A convincing victory over Medaille College and an absolute thrashing of Alfred University is what has brought Brockport to its current season record of 3 — 1, the same record the team had found themselves at this point last year versus the same opposition. 

Despite holding the same record, this year’s team has made a difference, one that comes into focus when taking a closer look at the numbers. The Golden Eagles have enjoyed a greater total goal tally, as well as having a lower amount of goals scored against them. An indication of gradual growth. 

“Our group is special,” head coach Gary LaPietra said. “Finding the common ground and taking things away from each game is what’s going to take us to that next level.” 

Brockport’s most productive showing came right after its 3-1 victory over Medaille, where the team completely took over Alfred’s home turf, leaving the opposition behind by six goals for a final score of 8 to 2. 

Brockport got off to a good start following junior forward, Jeff Hibbard’s first campaign goal. While netting another two times before the halftime whistle, Brockport found themselves up by a single goal. 

However, that all changed come second half. The team picked up its defensive tempo which in turn helped move the ball to the final third, resulting in five goals and a great closing to the game. 

Apart from finding a good rhythm in the back and in midfield, the Golden Eagles had five different goal scorers with three of them grabbing braces in Hibbard, freshmen winger Ayub Jeylani and freshman striker Matthew Stefaniw. 

“It was nice to see everyone contribute to the victory,” LaPietra said. “Along with our past three games, the match against Alfred was a test toward our chemistry and mentality.” 

With two convincing back to back wins from this past week, Brockport has now racked up three wins but there is more work to be done on the road to playoffs. The team has solidified its system, but the whole roster needs to be able to hold its emotions in tact in order to play a full 90 minutes without losing focus. 

When asked about overcoming emotions on the pitch, junior goalie, Joey Romano said, “We just have to keep our heads down, and close games out. Emotional swings are a real thing, especially during playoffs, so we have to make sure we have control over that before playoffs come around.” 

The Golden Eagles have yet to play at home. Their next match up is scheduled to be played on home turf on Wednesday, Sept. 12, against Saint John Fisher College. They will have a chance to make a big statement at home as well as take revenge for last year’s 2-3 loss to the team. 

 

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